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For God, Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6

It was a month before Christmas and time to decorate my childhood home according to tradition. We unpacked and placed the same items in the same places every year.

I unwrapped the nativity figures and stood them in the miniature stable. They were a familiar part of our Christmas decorations, but I didn’t know anything about them. Sure, there were three kings holding gifts, a shepherd or two, a cow, a sheep, Joseph and Mary on bended knees, and the tiny feeding trough with a baby lying in it.

Reality was that I remained in the dark as to the significance they portrayed in the Christmas story. My family didn’t talk about why we had a nativity or what it meant. I knew that the baby was Jesus, and that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus. But I didn’t know why that was important or who Jesus was. End of story. The thought that I didn’t know bothered me until I was twenty years old.

I was separated from God because of my self-centered nature. That year I heard and received the good news that Jesus had left heaven to be born as a baby and to later die for me—for all the times I’d fallen shorten of His perfection. God made His light shine in my heart!

I received the good news of Christmas with great joy and each Christmas since as God reveals to me new facets of the incredulous story of the Savior.

Have you allowed the emblems and events of Christmas to become commonplace in your heart and mind instead of symbols of the miraculous… at the risk of missing Christmas?

Lord Jesus, You came down from heaven to be born as a baby for our sakes. May we glorify You in a fresh way as we contemplate the miracle of Christmas.

Karen Sims

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